"Love doesn t always look like it does on television. . . .
"Elvira's family has never been the warm, fuzzy type. Most of the time, Elvira can t stand the sight of her little sister, Kerrie. Elvira and her mother, Mel, fight more often than not. Mel hasn t spoken to her own family in years. And when Mel announces she's pregnant again, Elvira's daddy storms off to Las Vegas to enter an Elvis impersonator competition.
When an urgent phone call sends Elvira, Mel, and Kerrie on an unexpected trip to meet Mel's family for the first time, Elvira discovers that love doesn t always look like it does in television commercials. But it's there, all right you just have to know how to look for it.
Written by Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis, "Love Me Tender "is a lovely, lyrical look at a multigenerational family of strong, stubborn women working to untangle the ties that bind them together and uncover the love that's always been just underneath.
Couloumbis winning, witty portrayal . . . encapsulates universal truths about family relationships. " Publishers Weekly, "Starred.
About the Author
Audrey Couloumbis is the author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winning "Getting Near to Baby." She lives in upstate New York and Florida with her husband, Akilla, and their dog, Phoebe. They have two grown children. "From the Hardcover edition.""
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 3, 2008:
"Couloumbis' winning, witty portrayal of a slightly neurotic American family encapsulates eniversal truths about family relationships."